Wasabi Fans, I hope you're as excited as we are. We have great news all around.
1. We expect to harvest our first crop of 2015 in late October. We apologize for the delay. We want to assure that the crop is uniform in size to continuously harvest from that date forward. The test harvests have good, green rhizomes (aka "roots"). They are sweet, hit several taste registers, are hot and have a pleasant aftertaste. Please sign up on the waiting list and we'll send you specifics when they are available. As the old saying goes: first come-first served.
Here's a taste (pardon the pun) of the new crop. It grates up nice and green. The taste lingers more than previous crops with a constantly pleasant sweetness with no bitter aftertaste.
2. We are replanting two additional greenhouses. This will, in one year, increase our weekly output. The difficulty is that the Oregon Coast gave up Spring and put on its Hawai'ian shirt and didn't show any sign of the typical June Gloom which can either seem like November or March depending on which way the wind is blowing. This means that with the heat, (lack of fog) the plants grew a bit more slowly than typical this summer. Thanks to the El Nino warm water blob. But, my opinion is that the plants are concentrating flavor and heat. This crop tastes wonderful. It's uniformly healthy and robust with a delicate taste.
Again, thanks of reading and I'll soon send out some food tasting notes from our first few events of the wasabi re-release.